March 28, 2013 Subject:
Questioning the Existence of Free Will
It is not entirely impossible that Phillip K. Dick's Minority Report (Fantastic Universe, 1956) may have been inspired by this episode. Minority Report is essentially "flipping the cube" of Age of Peril and yet retaining the theme of whether free will exists apart from manipulation or fate. The philosophical value of this episode outweighs the question as to why the thief didn't just steal the camera that implicated him.
August 29, 2011 Subject:
Age of Peril (Tales of Tomorrow)
Season 1, episode 20.
Original air date: 15 February 1952.
In 1965 an intelligence agent is assigned to discover how national secrets are being stolen from a high security plant.
Cast: Phyllis Kirk (Irene Chappell), Don Briggs (Herbert Rand), Dennis Harrison (Larry Calhoun), Jim McGovern (Dr. Chappell), Maurice Burke (Chief), Skedge Miller (John Elwood) and Phil Minof (Phillip Minoff).
October 18, 2009 Subject:
A trifle sloppy
Hence, that's why this is called Speculative Fiction. What if...? Some of these stories make more sense than others, that's for sure. In this piece, the writer took a rather flimsy "what if" situation and built a story around it. But there are so many loose ends that it's not so much the hypnosis-lie detector angle that rings false, it's everything leading up to and beyond that idea that is a little loosey-goosey. I love the idea that criminals won't be punished anymore because they won't be capable of committing further crimes. If I'm correct, they're punished for what they've *done*, not what they *might* do. So in this story, a murderer is set free because he's been cleansed of criminal tendencies. Small comfort to the murder victim's family, eh?
August 27, 2009 Subject:
The peril of false belief
This episode is a farce. Instead of using real evidence such as fingerprints or crime scene photographs the results of a lie detector test would become the primary means of convicting or freeing criminals. Hypnosis not only will allow us to beat the test but also will end crime by post hypnotic suggestions not to commit any more crimes?